Blepharis transvaalensis Schinz

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Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
At layby near Nyika by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Masvingo road c. 5 km North of Mvuma

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Masvingo road c. 5 km North of Mvuma

Blepharis transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Masvingo road c. 5 km North of Mvuma

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Synonyms: Blepharis innocua sensu Eyles
Common names:
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Status: Native
Description:
Procumbent perennial herb. Stems up to 35 cm long, more or less roughly hairy. Leaves more or less ovate-elliptic, 2-4.5 cm long, gland-dotted and hairless below or with a few hairs along the midrib, sparsely hairy above; margin entire, sometimes slightly rolled under. Flowers solitary. Bracts greenish to brown, sometimes with purple veins, oblong-elliptic to obovate-spathulate with long hairs on the midrib and among the apical bristles. Corolla blue to purple, with darker veins, 9-11 mm long; lip ovate-spathulate, hairy on both sides, 4-5 mm wide, lobes of same length, central lobe narrower than side lobes.
Notes: Note: this species is very similar to B. integrifolia and is distinguished from that species by the strongly recurved apical part of the bracts; the hairs on the bracts; the smaller corolla and the narrower lip.
Derivation of specific name: transvaalensis: from the Transvaal, South Africa
Habitat: In Acacia woodland, often around pans. Also on roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 10 April 2012
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 18.

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 180 - 183. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Blepharis transvaalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153950, retrieved 24 July 2016

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